Sean Divine covers the basic setup to achieve quality recordings and prevent unwanted vocal reflections. He describes the importance of dry recordings with a low noise floor and demonstrates how to use a Noise Gate in Logic Pro X.
- [Instructor] In order for you to get the best results…for your Hip-hop Vocals, there're some preliminary steps…we need to take to ensure the best recording quality.…First, we need to tame any reflections…in your recordings space, if possible.…Room ambiance can be an important part of recording,…such as in drum tracking, to achieve a larger sound stage.…However, usually not so in the case…of a hip-hop vocal recording.…Ideally, we want to start with as neutral…a sound as possible, so that we can process…and mix the vocal to fit your song.…
In order to minimize reflections,…you can try simple solutions, such as textured foam on walls…and around the microphone.…There are also specialized products which can be mounted…to the mike stand to minimize echoes…occurring around the mike.…You can also take advantage of affordable…moving blankets to tame reflections.…Next, you'll want your recordings to be as quiet…as possible, removing any unwanted noise…that could be generated by your equipment…or outside elements around your recording space.…
In this course, Sean Divine—a producer and mix engineer whose instrumental catalog has received millions of plays online—demonstrates vocal recording and mixing techniques that can yield impressive results. While Sean uses Logic Pro in this video, he explains concepts in a way that are applicable to the digital audio workstations and audio plugins of your choice. To begin, he covers a few initial concepts in the tracking process, like microphone techniques and vocal editing. Next, Sean walks you through the mixing process and touches on unique plugin techniques that can help you reduce harshness and sibilance. Finally, he explains basic mastering concepts and shares tricks that can help your hip-hop song compete with other commercial tracks.
- Maximizing a hip-hop vocal with layering
- Recording ad libs
- Editing and comping hip-hop vocals
- Mixing hip-hop vocals
- Processing a premixed instrumental